Mar 27th, 2021

Andria McClellan Statement on Shootings in Henrico and Virginia Beach

Councilmember Andria McClellan, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, has released the following statement following shootings in Henrico and Virginia Beach in the past day, and those in Boulder and Atlanta in the past 10 days.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the lives senselessly stolen in Henrico and my hometown of Virginia Beach. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones. Our nation has become all too comfortable with the routine of a mass shooting. We send thoughts and prayers and then we move on only to see violence yet again.”

“In the 14 years since the shooting at Virginia Tech, Virginia has been marked by politicians more concerned about their reelection prospects than about the lives of their constituents. We saw that when two of the Republican candidates running for Lieutenant Governor voted to adjourn the 2019 Special Session after 90 minutes instead of acting in response to the last senseless mass shooting in Virginia Beach earlier that year. During the 2020 session, the General Assembly was able to pass historic gun violence prevention legislation, but we must do more. As Lieutenant Governor, I will advocate to strengthen gun violence prevention legislation because no one should have to fear for their lives while in a grocery store, walking along a path or being at the beach.”

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